August 26th, 2010
01:36 PM ET

NASA announces discovery of 2 new planets

An artist's rendering shows two Saturn-sized planets discovered by NASA’s Kepler mission.

NASA has announced the discovery of two planets, slightly smaller than Saturn, orbiting the same star in the Milky Way, which have been discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope.

William Borucki, the Kepler Mission Science Principal Investigator, at the NASA Ames Research Center, announced on a teleconference "the first discovery of multiple planets orbiting the same star."

The two planets, known as Kepler 9B and 9C, have a clear gravitational interaction, according to NASA.

A third celestial body, has also been discovered. It's about 1.5 times the size of Earth, but it has not yet, been confirmed as a planet.

"The discovery incorporates seven months of observations of more than 156,000 stars as part of an ongoing search for Earth-sized planets outside our solar system," NASA said in a press release.

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  1. Meh

    1st of all the smartest persons post I have read yet goes out to...MR I'm desperatly awaiting for true intelligent life to be found on Earth.
    2nd It's irrevlevant how much moey goes to NASA, whether you agree with looking around in space or not, it may be benifical it may not be, the only way to determine whether or not it is or isn't "worth it" is time.
    The govenment allows way more money to go to way more useless things,
    and yes there are a lot of things that money could be better spent on.

    I think the bottom line here is people are getting upset over all the wrong things, it's not that NASA found new planets that we may never see, that's just an excuse to complain about the governments financial descisions.

    What if the government Did take the money away from NASA and put it into let's say the justice system....do any of you Honestly think that such a little amount of money is really going to correct all the corruption in the system????

    and all of you who are outraged at the amount of money that goes to NASA please justify the amount of money that goes into the war.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cindy

    is this a new discover? they've been talking about similar stories about nasa discoveries for a while.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cindy

    how can anyone complain about space exploration!? it's science!! it's cool and it's vital in understanding our origin, life's origin and what else is around us. i think it puts alot into perspective, instead of viewing planet earth as the only place where life exists, it shows that there's no good reason to think there aren't others out there like us.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Peter Griffin

    Yaaaay! Now what? BFD. And they're light years away, so no one from this planet will ever see them, let alone put a rover on them to explore. Why don't we just concentrate on illegal Mexican & radical Muslims on THIS planet, in OUR country?

    August 26, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cindy

    i hope funding is still going to nasa, because i believe they do alot of good in their discoveries. this isn't just for "america", this is for all mankind. anyone who doesn't understand the importance and the awe of what is outside of this planet, is just nuts. i think there are people who are afraid that if we keep poking around, something is going to happen! an alien invasion, ahhhahahahahha!!!

    August 26, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. j

    pluto is a planet

    August 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Algae

      Apparently not any more. Last I read, I think they are calling it a planetoid or something. like the vowels, a e i o u and sometimes y, have to re-learn everything. The old Mr VEM J SUNPy (Mercury Venus Earth Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto) will need to be changed to Mr VEM J SUN,and almost Pluto

      August 26, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joe

    For NASA its a Lolly in the sky with Diamonds :)) – more funding please.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. beez

    The real question is – were there Cylons?

    August 26, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Richard Braley

    Q: When is a planet a "star"?

    A: When it makes headlines.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cara D

    @ Brrr in Alaska, while Saturn sized planets can be ruled out for human colonization due to gravity, they can still be of interest because they may harbor large moons suitable for life.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. robert

    You can't get their from here.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • EARTHLING

      Well, you can't. Especially with your grammar.

      November 2, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • LEFTY

      Do you people not have anything better to do with your time than insult people for a little typo? I think all y'all need to go back to school yourselves...to learn some freakin' manners and perhaps, to get a life not involving cowardly anonymous slaps online. But I am sure you're super proud of yourselves and your cyber superiority. Dorks.

      November 10, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dwighthuth

    Who knows maybe Nasa will discover Earth like planets hidden amongest the orbits of the gas giants. It is always exciting to hear about new finds like this as the discoveries spark people's imagination's to wonder what is beyond the next ring.

    August 26, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bach.

    I enjoy the short sighted comments in this article. The masses seem to be worried about TODAY, when today is not really as important as the future. I see that 100 dollars a paycheck I put into my daughters college account and think "This will be much more in the future" because thats what it comes down to. Tomorrow. When I read all these comments about peace, elections, politics you need to just go and read another article. CNN is bad enough already, but there are many different articles and if you don't like them don't read them. The money that is spent on NASA is a great thing, you have to look further down the road. If we don't, we will miss that exit and have to travel further to get to where we could have been if we paid attention. Sure, it may not be in OUR life time, but it will be in our children's children. Like they say; if you don't like today, make tomorrow better.

    August 26, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • science rules

      I agree, its time for us to broaden our perspectives. This universe is too big and our lives are too short to waste on bickering when the possibility to improve our future could be out there somewhere.

      November 3, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Miles

      Yes, yes. I totally agree with you. Present is just the small picture, the future holds alot more.

      December 8, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jerry

    wow any more proof people need that were living in the last days wow people PLEASE WAKE

    August 26, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Megan

      What on earth are you talking about? How is that proof that we are living in the "last days?"

      October 27, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • finn

      hahahahha this is so good, what are you talking about!?

      October 28, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chris

    The writer missed to entire point about WHY this is news. Most readers did to. This is not news abut planets it is news about the Kepler mission. What NASA is showing us is an early interresting result and really the message it that Kepler works. This is just an early report and they don't report the best stuff, not yet. the people working the project, I think are allowed to keep the bast data to them selves for a year or so. The real science will not just be a list of a few more planets but statistics about the distribution of plantes. We will need to wait a few years for that. This is really just a "It's working" kind of report. Ad yes "it's working" is new, something you'd want to know after spending a billion dollars

    August 26, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Great comment. I was reading this and wondering how the hell it is news to discover two ordinary planets of the billions just in the Milky Way.

      October 28, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • S. Falls

      Agreed. There was another article that talked about this discovery in much greater detail and explained why that third [thought to be planet] might be a very exciting find: it is in the 'habit-al sweet spot': where water doesn't freeze or boil off. I guess they backed off from that initial announcement. Probably news people jumping to conclusions.

      November 15, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
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